Carlin eyeing Pedro Piquet for 2016 European F3 Championship

Top team boss Trevor Carlin is keen to find a place in his Formula 3 European Championship team for 2016 for two-time Brazilian F3 title winner Pedro Piquet

Carlin eyeing Pedro Piquet for 2016 European F3 Championship

The 17-year-old son of three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet tested last winter with Carlin, T-Sport and Van Amersfoort Racing, but elected to spend another season in Brazil in order to finish his schooling.

Piquet clinched his second title recently, and immediately afterwards his father told reporters that the plan was a move to European F3 for 2016.

Carlin told AUTOSPORT: "We've started chatting but nothing more, and we're looking at some test dates for him.

"It will be complicated if the FIA introduce a four-car limit for teams, because I have to give my current drivers priority if they want to stay on and take it from there.

"He did a good job with us last year, and 12 months on he will have done another 10,000 kilometres so he'll only be better.

"He's a lovely kid, and given the circumstances we'd love to have him in the team - and we've already run Nelsinho [Piquet's older brother] in Indy Lights!"

Pedro Piquet has also contested a limited programme of Porsche Carrera Cup racing in Brazil and Europe this season, and emerged unscathed from an enormous barrel-roll in last weekend's Brazilian round at Goiania.

Three Brazilians who are making waves in European racing in 2015 shared the grid with Piquet in their domestic F3 series last year.

Masters of F3 poleman Sergio Sette Camara, Euroformula Open points leader Vitor Baptista and MSA Formula race winner Matheus Leist all emerged from the Brazilian F3 ranks last winter.

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